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  1. ryder

    Bookshelf recommendations

    I listened to both Dali Zensor 1 and Mentor Menuet at the dealers before I picked the latter. The Zensor 1 is larger than the Mentor Menuet and sounds slightly unrefined even when playing at high volumes. In other words, although the Mentor Menuet is dimensionally smaller, it is able to play louder than the Zensor 1 before the sound starts to break up ie. showing distortion. The Mentor Menuet sounds mediocre placed against the wall. It will sound airier and more balanced when it is placed approximately 20 to 30cm from the wall. When placed against the wall, the bass sounds a bit odd.
  2. Similarly I too owned the B&W CDM1SE for more than a decade before I sold it. I bought the B&W CDM1SE together with the Arcam Alpha 10 from Practical Hifi, Bridge Street in Manchester back in 1998. I've tried a number of amps with the B&Ws which include Classe CAP-100, YBA Integre DT and Krell KAV-300i. The B&Ws sounded good with the Arcam Alpha 10 and great with the Classe and YBA to my ears. The Krell was a bit too much for the B&Ws with its raw and unrefined presentation.
  3. I bought the Arcam Alpha 10 integrated when it was first launched back in 1999 when rave reviews of the amp start appearing on What Hifi. The transformer blew up in 2005 or 2006 and I sold it around that year after I got it repaired. It's a nice sounding amp in its time, warm and fluid but I wouldn't say it's powerful and punchy after trying other alternatives. It's quite a flat sounding amp.
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    Sonneteer Owners United Front

    Sad news indeed.
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    Sonneteer Owners United Front

    May I ask if you still have the Naim 272/XPS/250DR? Your last update on this thread shows that you have settled with the Sonneteer Orton driving the Harbeth Super HL5 Plus. Can you share some thoughts on the comparison between the 272/XPS/250DR and Orton when used with the SHL Plus? I currently have the 282/HicapDR250DR and the SHL5 Plus sounds sublime driven by the Naim. I always have the aspiration of owning an integrated amp and the Orton had caught my attention, hence the question. I would appreciate your views. Thanks.
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    Took the plunge again....Harbeth

    Also, you may experiment with toe-in as I find a slight toe-in to be beneficial.
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    Took the plunge again....Harbeth

    Not too sure about the C7ES3 but I've tried placing my SHL5 Plus from 1.6m to over 4.2m apart. The sweet spot is 1.8m to 2.2m. Currently I've settled with approximately 1.9m centre to centre of speakers limited by the size of the room. Personally I'd be inclined to get the speakers to sit closer together to each other for a more coherent sound. Try to play some vocal music and you'd noticed that voices would sound more concentrated and natural when the speakers are closer together. When the speakers are placed further apart from each other, voices become more diffused and appear to sound "larger" than they should.
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    Took the plunge again....Harbeth

    Very nice indeed. Well done. May i ask which Rega amp is used with the C7ES3? I once used the Rega Elicit Mk2 to drive the SHL5 and didn't quite like the sound.
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    HiCap DR or Teddycap?

    Old thread but thought I would share my thoughts here. I have used a Dual Teddycap on my 202/200 for many years. When I switched to the 282/250DR the Dual Teddycap was used to power the 282. I tried 1 output and 2 outputs from the Teddycap and thought it sounded alright but was always curious how the 282/250DR would perform with the Hicap DR. Less than 1 year with the 282/250DR/Dual Teddycap, I bought the Hicap DR and made an extensive comparison between the Dual Teddycap and Hicap DR on the 282/250DR. To cut to the chase, I share the same experience as Tom Hodges. I prefer the sound of the Hicap DR as music sounds more natural and "right' with it. I always had the feeling that the Teddycap is adding something to the sound. There is a slight softening and taming of the sound with the Teddycap which slightly reduced the dynamics and excitement. After listening to the 282/250Dr with the Hicap DR, I couldn't live with the Dual Teddycap anymore and moved it to the bedroom system with the 202/200. The 282/250DR did not sound radically different when powered with 1 or 2 outputs of the Dual Teddycap. As a matter of fact I thought the sound quality is worse when 2 outputs are connected to the 282. The good thing about the Teddycap is it does not need a service and is able to go on forever, but that is purely theoretical thinking. My Dual Teddycap recently failed to power up and I haven't sent it for repair yet. Fortunately the 202/200 does not need a power supply to operate. Although the Supercap DR seems tempting for the 282, I would not consider it as I don't have any plan to upgrade to the 252. I do not like the idea of getting something that is not fully utilized to its full potential, in this case the Supercap. An edit, the Dual Teddycap that I have is not the latest Mk3 version. It doesn't have any markings on the front panel.
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    What is the 'house sound' of Plinius?

    I can imagine the Kharma/Plinius combination to be an excellent one. Highly resolving, fast, transparent and detailed speaker with a warm, tube-like and sweet sounding amp. Good match. I used to drive the Harbeth SHL5 with the Plinius SA-100mk3/Audio Research LS16. The sweetness and warmth of both speaker and amp proved too much of a good thing. Too warm and ballsy for my taste. Some folks like that sort of sound though, not me. As with the Naims, I suspect/guess that the bass is deliberately reduced to sound lean and tight so that the PRaT qualities will shine through. Though when used on lean, detailed and bright speakers, similarly it will be too much of a "good thing".
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    What is the 'house sound' of Plinius?

    As usual it depends a lot on speaker matching. I am not familiar with Neat speakers so I won't know how the Plinius would match. Having owned the Plinius SA-100Mk3, I would agree with Thetiminator. The Plinius has a big, ballsy, warm and sweet sound. The bass is punchy and ballsy when compared to the lean and tight bass of the Naim. The Plinius sounds slower than the Naim and doesn't have the speed and rhythmic toe-tapping beat of the Naim (the start/stop of notes is a slightly off/slower with the Plinius due to the ballsy character). In the end, it depends on the sound that you are looking for, and the speakers that will be matched to the amp. For speakers that are inherently warm with a ballsy sound, the Plinius will not be a good match unless you like a warm and ballsy kind of sound. If the speakers are lean, forward sounding and slightly bright, the Plinius may be a good match.
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    Harbeth M30 and M30.1

    Another remark my dealer made really cracked me up. I told him the SHL5 had been updated to the Plus and asked if there might be an updated C7ES3 soon. His response was "They (Harbeth) better not update the speakers."
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    Harbeth M30 and M30.1

    Yes, interesting indeed. As a matter of fact, Harbeth still produces the old version of the SHL5 as long as there is demand, alongside the SHL5 Plus. The SHL5 is said to have nicer vocals, albeit slower sounding than the SHL5 Plus. The older crowd usually prefers the SHL5 whereas the younger crowd would be more inclined to go with the Plus. The dealer sells more SHL5 than the SHL5 Plus.
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    Harbeth M30 and M30.1

    Don't bother responding to my post above. I have just had a long chat with my local Harbeth dealer. We both reached the same conclusion - we both do not like the M30's sound. Both of us prefer the more dynamic, live and open sound of the C7ES3 and SHL5. Accordingly to my dealer the M30 and M30.1 sound almost the same. The small studio controlled kind of sound. The C7ES3 is said to be the fastest and liveliest sounding speaker in the Harbeth range. And it is funny that the dealer preferred the older SHL5 over the SHL5 Plus and mentioned most of his customers chose the older version of the SHL5.
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    Harbeth M30 and M30.1

    Hi Novak, Since you have listened to both M30 and M30.1, I need your advice as I am reconsidering the M30.1. You have mentioned in your post above "If you like the M30, I'm sure you'd love the M30.1". Now, to be frank I didn't quite like the M30 the last time I listened to it, 6 or 7 years ago. I compared the M30 to the C7ES3 and SHL5 and eventually picked the latter. I found the M30 to be veiled and less open in the midrange and highs. The M30 sounded a tad thick whereas the C7ES3 and SHL5 showed a *lighter*, airier and more open sound. The M30's treble seemed to be a bit rolled-off when compared to the treble of the C7ES3 and SHL5 which exhibited more air and extension. Do you find the M30.1 to be more open than the M30? Open in the sense it exhibits more airiness and extension in the highs without sounding too thick, muffled or veiled (that's what I feel with the M30). Your views would be appreciated.